04-12-2011, 10:55 AM
Re: Saltwater Newbie
Jason, welcome to the forum. Hopefully Stan will see this thread and will respond with some tips for fishing Kauai.
I've never had the pleasure of fishing Hawaii but if you wanted to put together an all around box of flies for saltwater that would attract a range of species, and be relatively easy to throw with a 9 weight, you could start with some easy to tie classics for a salt water fly box you could take anywhere.
Some general all around saltwater stuff for a variety of fish:
Lefty's Deceiver size 1/0 an all around fish catcher
Bendback size 2 or 1 for fishing shallow water
Clouser Minnow size 2 chartreuse over white, and in tan
Popper or crease fly 1/0 or 2/0 for topwater (and might be good for the various species of trevally in Hawaii)
Half and Half or Rabbit Strip Pattern, heavily weighted, size 2/0 for deep water fishing in channels and cuts from a boat for snapper, etc
Some general, good to have stuff if you're targeting bonefish anywhere in the world:
-Merkin (also known as Del Brown's Permit fly) size 2 (for bonefish, permit and anything else that eats crabs)
-Crazy Charlie size 4- for bonefish one rule of thumb is to match the color of the bottom, so Crazy Charlies in tan for light sandy bottoms and some in brown for darker bottoms). Crazy Charlies are usually tied with beadchain "eyes" and are good for shallow flats.
-Bonefish fly with lead or brass barbell eyes for deeper 3-6' water- patterns like Puffs, Turds or any of the heavier Borski's patterns like a Bonefish Slider size 4
I'm sure that Stan can give you better advice on specific patterns for Hawaii, but the above will give you a pretty good range of options that you can throw with confidence.
One thing I would start working on now is casting to targets into the wind with a minimum of false casts- wind is an almost constant factor in saltwater fly fishing and is perhaps the biggest challenge for someone moving from freshwater to salt.
best of luck!